Thursday, March 26, 2020

Delay of Game

I'd like to say here is a baseball post because it is MLB's opening day but, unfortunately, I cannot. While today is supposed to be opening today, the start of the season is delayed due to the coronavirus. Maybe the season will start in a couple months, maybe in July, maybe not all. Of course, it is understandable as MLB and every other business needs to do what's best for the health and well being of everyone. We can still enjoy baseball in its digital form at least, from playing games to reading old magazine articles like the one below.

For this post I've scanned "Around the Bases: A Survey of Electronic Baseball" from the July 1990 issue of Video Games & Computer Entertainment. It talks about the early days of action-oriented games and the rise of stat-based simulations. At the end of the story the author attempts to list every baseball computer and video game up to that point in time but I know of at least one that they missed: Steve Garvey vs. Jose Canseco in Grand Slam Baseball. Of course, I own that Commodore 64 game that released in 1987 from Cosmi. It's not a good one so it is best forgotten but if the disk still works I'll post a video of it one of these days.

If you'd like to read more baseball posts here are links from the blog's previous three years:

Play Ball! - Video game review scans.
Starting Lineup Talking Baseball - Coverage of Parker Brothers' electronic game with video.
Electronic Pennant Fever - Video Games & Computer Entertainment's July 1989 baseball story.
NES All Stars - An article about NES games from GamePro's June 1990 issue.
The Old (8-bit) Ball Game - More video game review scans.
It's Time for Some Hardball! - Photos of Hasbro's 1988 G.I. Joe action figure Hardball. 

Also, here are some links to my baseball "Let's Play" videos: Reggie Jackson BaseballSporting News Baseball, and Tommy Lasorda Baseball.

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